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Seller's Checklist

-Take care of any major repairs that could deter a buyer (such as replacing any broken windows or replacing a leaky roof) if you can afford it. 

-Work on your home's curb appeal. Make landscaping pristine. Mow the grass,   clean up any debris and weed the garden beds. Plant a few annual flowers near the entrance or in pots to be placed by the door.  

-Make sure entrance buyers will use is spotless, freshly painted, all light bulbs are replaced, and that the door unlocks and opens smoothly.

  • -Clean the windows and make sure the paint is not chipped or flaking.  Some appraisers require that all peeling paint and rotten wood be repaired because of lender guidelines.  Most buyers will get a home inspection.  One of the things a home inspector checks for is rotten wood.

  • -Be sure that the doorbell works.

  • -Clean and freshen up rooms, furnishings, floors, walls and ceilings. Make sure that bathrooms and kitchens are spotless.  Consider hiring a professional cleaning service just before your home goes on the market to clean base boards, blinds, ceiling fan blades, and many other areas that may need special attention.

  • -Organize closets.  Remove clothes that are out of season if you have limited closet space (especially in the master).  Make your closet looks like there is lots of extra space!

  • -Make sure the basic appliances and fixtures work. Replace leaky faucets and frayed cords.

  • -Remove any excess items from kitchen and bathroom counters as well as attic spaces and closets.  Make these areas look large and inviting.  Less is MORE!

  • -Buy nice towels and washcloths to only be displayed when potential buyers visit.  White is best because it looks clean and can be bleached when stained.

  • -Eliminate the source of any bad smells, such as the kitty box. Use air freshener or bake a batch of cookies before your open house to ensure that the house smells inviting.  Consider having the air ducts cleaned, carpets replaced and walls repainted if there is a smoke smell in the house.

  • -Apply a fresh coat of neutral paint (like off-white or beige) to any rooms with loud colors, or rooms that look dingy, dirty and/or have imperfections in the paint. Take a good look at the base boards!

  • -Remove any light fixtures, window treatments etc. that you do not want to leave behind and replace with something that looks nice.

  • -Paint your front door and shutters for a fresh look outside.
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    McWaters and Associates REALTORS
    (901) 372-6611